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Catherine Harnois

Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Women
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Race & Ethnicity

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About Catherine

Harnois' research focuses on discrimination, harassment, and research methods. Overarching themes in Harnois' writings include gender, racial, and age-based inequalities; intersectionality, and social psychology.

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In the News

"Sexism isn't Just Unfair; It Makes Women Sick, Study Suggests," Catherine Harnois (with João L. Bastos), The Conversation, May 4, 2018.

Publications

"Age and Gender Discrimination: Intersecting Inequalities across the Lifecourse" in Advances in Gender Research, edited by Vasilikie Demos and Marcia Texler Segal (Emerald, 2015), 85-109.

Illustrates how perceived gender- and age-based discrimination combine to shape the experiences of women workers in the US.

"Are Perceptions of Discrimination Unidimensional, Oppositional, or Intersectional? Examining the Relationship among Perceived Racial-Ethnic, Gender-, and Age-Based Discrimination " Sociological Perspecties 57, no. 4 (2014): 470-487.

Analyzes data from the US-based General Social Survey to examine perceptions of workplace age-, gender- and racial-ethnic discrimination in the US. A key finding is that significant portion of racial-ethnic minority respondents perceive multiple forms of workplace discrimination.

"Race, Ethnicity, Sexuality, and Women’s Political Consciousness of Gender" Social Psychology Quarterly 78, no. 4 (2015): 365-386.

Analyzes of data from the 2012 US-based Evaluations of Government and Society Study to assess the factors associated with women's political consciousness of gender. A key finding is that, among women, there is a significant and positive association between holding a critical consciousness of racial/ethnic inequality and holding a critical consciousness of gender inequality.

"Intersectional Masculinities and Gendered Political Consciousness: How Do Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality Shape Men’s Awareness of Gender Inequality and Support for Gender Activism?" Sex Roles 77, no. 3 (2017): 141-154.

Draws from social psychology, theories of masculinities, and intersectionality to assess the factors associated with men’s political consciousness of gender.

"Discrimination, Harassment, and Gendered Health Inequalities: Do Perceptions of Workplace Mistreatment Contribute to the Gender Gap in Self-Reported Health?" (with João Luiz Bastos). Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59 (2018): 283-299.

Examines the extent to which discrimination and harassment contribute to gendered health disparities.

Feminist Measures in Survey Research (Sage Publications, 2013).

Draws from feminist philosophies of science, standpoint theory, and multiracial feminist theory to consider what it means to bring an intersectional approach to social science survey research.